qathet regional district council plans to send letter for lang creek improvements
The Qathet Regional District Board will consider sending a letter to the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure requesting the establishment of pedestrian and cycle bridges at Lang Creek.
At the Committee of the Whole on June 16, Electoral Area C Director Clay Brander, in whose electoral area the Lang Creek Bridge is located, presented the recommendation to the committee. The recommendation also recommends that council send letters to School District 47, Powell River RCMP, Tla’amin Nation, Town of Powell River, Tourism Powell River, Member of Parliament for Powell River – Sunshine Coast Nicholas Simons and the Powell River Salmon Society, asking them to send letters to the Minister of Highways in support of the bridges initiative.
Brander said the Lang Creek Bridge on Route 101 is dangerous for cyclists or pedestrians to cross.
“I was there with the representative from the Ministry of Transport a few weeks ago and there was a yellow and black metal warning sign on the side of the road and someone had plowed it,” said Brander said. “It’s obviously a very narrow bridge and it would be nice if we could have pedestrian bridges on the side.”
Electoral Area B Director Mark Gisborne said he was thinking about the Area B pedestrian bridge over Myrtle Creek and wondered if the Regional District could do a similar project with a similar bridge over Lang Creek. He said he believed the regional district was able to use community works funding and subsequently secured a grant from the Department of Transportation.
“It was a joint effort and I believe it was led by the Regional District to get a bridge over Myrtle Creek,” Gisborne said. “This motion appears to be asking the Department of Transportation for a bridge, but if we were to go the route of something similar to Myrtle Creek, how would that play out?”
Director of Operational Services Patrick Devereaux said he believes the community works fund was used for the engineering, design and fabrication of the pedestrian bridge across Myrtle Creek. He said the Department of Transportation funded the installation and construction of a trail.
“It was a joint project,” Devereaux said. “I think at the end of the day the dollar split was 60/40, with the 60% coming from the Department of Transport.
“I asked some of my contacts about the cost of a pedestrian bridge across Lang Creek. It’s much larger than the Myrtle Creek crossing, and with the cost of materials, we’re probably looking at about three times the price.
Electoral Area A director and chairman Patrick Brabazon said the discussion was about bridges over a highway, which is orders of magnitude larger than anything done in Myrtle Creek. .
“I think this one should rally the Department of Transportation and do it as a public safety issue,” Brabazon said. “We’re probably going to be talking about two bridges – one on either side of the freeway because we certainly don’t want pedestrians and cyclists crossing the freeway just to get to one side and cross it to the other side. . I think the magnitude of this is beyond anything we’ve done before.
Brander said the bridges should be assets of the Department of Transportation, so he would like to go there before pursuing any other options.
The committee adopted Brander’s motion to send letters to the Minister of Transportation and several local organizations.